Acharya (film)

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Acharya (aka: Acharya - The Life of Swami Prabhupada) is an upcoming 2017 documentary film about A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, originally scheduled for release in September 2015 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Swami's arrival in the United States.[1] the film is now slated for a June 2017 release in Canada and the United States. It is directed by Yadubara Das.


In 1965, a lone holy man sets out across the ocean from India to America carrying nothing but a timeless message and a vision of a world united. In a time of war and disillusionment, he inspires a generation of youth and against all odds, forms an unstoppable spiritual revolution. Acharya is the true story of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the humble pioneer of Bhakti Yoga in the western world.

"Everyone has heard about the Hare Krishna's, but very few have heard the remarkable story of the man who founded it. If someone told you this story, you wouldn't believe it.” (Dr. Thomas J Hopkins, Oxford University)

This documentary feature Acharya, is written and directed by John and Jean Griesser, who captured A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada through film and photography over the 11 years he spent founding the Hare Krishna movement throughout the world.

Viewers will experience these original images and raw archival footage, as well as dramatic re-enactments of his spiritual upbringing, intertwined with featured scholars, scientists, psychologists, and Prabhupada’s disciples. Prabhupada’s original voice recordings will guide you the story of his life and give insights into an ancient philosophy; a wisdom which had never before been heard in the English speaking world.

Acharya explores the sacred science of ancient India’s Vaishnava thought, presenting a unique and historical perspective on topics such as the soul, mantra meditation, compassion and ecology, and the path to discovering true happiness.

The film will be released on the day which marks the 50th anniversary of Prabhupada's arrival in America from India, September 17, 2016


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